S. Korea Wholly to Blame for Derailing Mt. Kumgang Tour
Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)
Pyongyang, April 11 (KCNA) -- The measure taken on April 8 by the General Guidance Bureau for the Development of Scenic Spots of the DPRK as regards the issue of tour of Mt. Kumgang is the inevitable consequence entailed by the moves of the south Korean authorities to escalate the confrontation with fellow countrymen.
Minju Joson Sunday observes this in a signed commentary.
The commentary goes on:
The south Korean authorities should have reflected and apologized for their criminal acts. But they let the "Ministry of Unification" talk nonsense that "the responsibility for the deplorable situation entirely rests with the north side," terming the just measure of the DPRK's side "violation" of the "contract between businessmen" and "agreement between authorities." This is like a thief crying "Stop the thief!"
The commentary cites facts to prove that the conservative group has run the whole gamut of cynical ploys to scuttle the tour of Mt. Kumgang ever since Hyundai Group concluded a contract on the above-said tourism with the DPRK side.
The conservative group overturned the agreement reached between the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee and Hyundai Group last summer to resume the suspended tour as early as possible, the commentary notes, and goes on:
Great irony is that the conservative group is now raising a hue and cry over the "violation of the agreement between authorities".
This group dares charge the other side with "the violation of the agreement between authorities" though it brought the tour to a suspension by perpetrating such act of treachery as totally denying the inter-Korean joint declarations supported even by the UN and other international organizations and blocked its resumption. It is the height of arrogance.
It is the ulterior intention of the south Korean puppet group to justify the criminal action taken by it to derail the tour and lay the blame for it at the north side's door by misleading public opinion.
If the south Korean authorities persist in the above-said rash acts, they will have to pay a dear price for them.
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